PNG lacks human rights advocacy

Papua New Guinea is lacking advocacy in human rights, says foreign affairs officer Anna Mokono.

Mokono was an active participant at a two-day human rights workshop that ended today in Port Moresby.

She was among 36 participants from various key Government partners, including the Department for Community Development, Youth and Religion (DfCDYR), Foreign Affairs, Justice and Attorney General, Constitutional Law Reform Commission and National Planning.

Mokono said human rights issues in our societies are an everyday occurrence. Responsible stakeholders need to understand the basic human rights and obligations that the country holds to implement policy goals.

“Human right is a cross cutting issue involving a lot of areas and sectors. 

“There are also a lot of challenges that PNG faces in terms of the implementation of some of these obligations,” she said.

Mokono highlighted the main challenge that the Department of Foreign Affairs faces is the lack of coordination for the whole government approach in terms of presenting treaty reports on time.

The community development department hosted the workshop, in partnership with the UN Office of the Human Rights Commission (UNOHRC).

Quintina Naime